The quote above is a Chinese proverb and I believe, oh so true! The chill of winter lingers in the New Jersey air and we are still not really sure that Spring is on its way…even though its March 16th! But crocus & daffodils pop and promise us hope. I itch to get outside & scratch the dirt, but I’m afraid to disturb some of my still-sleeping delicate babies. The urge to plant pansies & feed the spring bulbs as their green tips push through the ground has gotten the best of me…so I am there!
For others of you who need a fix of playing in the dirt and a shot of blooms after the long, hard winter, here are some suggestions for some flowery ‘local color’ and garden-related to do’s, many nearby Main Street Manor!
Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve – the premier destination for seeing and learning about the native plants of the Delaware Valley region.
Duke Farms – A 2,700-acre property in Hillsborough, N.J., is a destination for the residents of The Garden State and beyond. As one of the largest privately-owned parcels of undeveloped land in the state, it is rich in agricultural, horticultural and ecological resources. Floral & gardening classes are offered as well as guided nature & birding tours.
Margaret Roach of A Way To Garden fame appears on Saturday, March 26: Lecture at annual Garden Symposium, Mercer County (N.J.) Master Gardeners. (Just 30 minutes from the inn)
Visit the Garden Conservancy web site for ‘Open Days’ throughout all of New Jersey…the 2011 Open Days season begins in late March and extends to early November.